Medical Resident Dr. Allen Elster Enjoys Traveling and Helping Others

An internal medicine resident at Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University, Allen Elster, MD, maintains a wide range of responsibilities, from writing daily progress notes on patients and managing medications to admitting patients from the ER to the hospital floor and developing overall care plans. Throughout his education and postgraduate training, he has earned several awards and assisted at several research laboratories. He has collaborated on three separate publications and has spent time working as a content writer for DiagnosticImaging/UBM Media, LLC, and as a tutor for CapEd Educational Group. Dr. Allen Elster received his BS in neuroscience and chemistry from Duke University and his MD from Wake Forest University.

Although he spends most of his time at the hospital, Dr. Allen Elster enjoys watching Duke basketball and staying active by playing tennis, snow skiing, and hiking. Also a fan of travel, he has been all throughout Europe to such places as Rome, Paris, and Florence and has visited the Bahamas, Curacao, and almost every major city in the United States. Dedicated to helping others as much as possible, Dr. Elster also spent several weeks in Nicaragua on a medical mission trip. During his time there, he and his team hosted 10 to 15 clinics that provided care to underserved rural populations.

Habitat for Humanity Assists with Earthquake Recovery Efforts in Nepal

An internal medicine resident at East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City, Dr. Allen Elster divides his time among his professional pursuits, hobbies, and various charitable activities. Currently, Dr. Allen Elster supports the work of several nonprofit organizations, including Habitat for Humanity.

Recently, Habitat for Humanity has been assisting government agencies and other aid organizations with ongoing relief efforts following two devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal on April 25 and May 12, 2015. Soon after the first quake, members of Habitat’s disaster response team moved into the affected area surrounding the capital city of Kathmandu and began removing rubble and assembling shelter kits to assist some of the more than 2.8 million people displaced from their homes.

Habitat continued this work in the aftermath of a second earthquake, which piled more rubble on already badly damaged communities. In spite of these complications, the organization hoped to provide a total of 20,000 families with shelter assistance. Habitat is asking for donations to its Disaster Response Fund. For more information, or to contribute to the fund, visit

Duke Basketball Recruits for Next Season

Currently in the process of completing an internal medicine residency, Dr. Allen Elster holds an MD from Wake Forest University and an undergraduate degree from Duke University. In his free time, Dr. Allen Elster enjoys watching Duke University basketball.

After winning the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, the Duke University Blue Devils lost a number of strong players, including three expected NBA draft picks. Seeking replacements for his outgoing talent, head coach Mike Krzyzewski has secured such new recruits as center Antonio Vrankovic, a Pine Crest School star who averaged 27.5 point per game at his alma mater.

Point guard and 5-star prospect Derryk Thornton will also join the Blue Devils next season. Predicted to take Tyus Jones' former position, Thornton shot 48 percent from inside the arc and 34 percent from 3-point range in his junior season. The Blue Devils have also secured a second 5-star prospect in North Carolina native Brandon Ingram, a slender 6'9” forward. Coach Krzyzewski has expressed confidence in this recruiting class and the skill that he expects the players to bring to the team next season.